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The 3 Q’s With Ryan Lockhart Presented By Matrix Concepts Canada

The final weekend of the 2024 Rimbey AX was another great success. Also, Newf was proud that his son Meston finished on the podium.

MXP: Hey Newf! Last weekend looked like another great event in Rimbey, AB. How did it go, and how cool was it to see your boy Meston up on the podium?

RL: It was a really good two weekends in Rimbey. The Ironhorse crew did a great job and made everyone feel really good about being there. This is an event that will keep growing and growing for years to come. Meston rode really well these past few weeks, and I was proud of him. His riding was actually better than his results showed, but at his age, the goal is to ride well and have fun. I am happy that he did both. In my heart, I wish he was still in his 50s, but he is adapting well to the 65s.

Newf is picking Ken Roczen to win the 450SX main event in Arlington. Photo by Matt Wellumson

MXP: The 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Series is back this weekend in Arlington. These next few weeks are very important as we’re reaching the series’ halfway point. Who do you like for the win tomorrow in the 450SX and 250SX East main events?

RL: Watching the race after a weekend off is always interesting. Some guys (like Tomac) needed the weekend off, and other guys (like Roczen) probably wish there wasn’t a weekend off. I agree that the next few weeks are key, but honestly, I think we’ll still continue to see different winners. This season has been fun as we just never know what will happen, and there is no clear favourite, even going into Round 7. Tomorrow night, I will go with Roczen and Deegan. The break for Deegan has had to help the wrist injury he’s been struggling with, and Roczen looks confident right now.

No one knows what is next for Jacob Piccolo, but we all wish him well, and we hope he will find his way back behind a starting at some point in the future. Photo by James Lissimore

MXP: We can’t let you go this week without asking about Jacob Piccolo. A few weeks back, we spoke about his ongoing shoulder injury that was going to involve surgery and then 4-6 months of recovery. So, even before last week’s sad news, the chances of Jake lining up this summer were slim to none. However, he has no ride now as he and the GDR Honda Team have parted ways. Can you talk about Jake’s departure from the team, and are there any plans to fill that vacant spot?

RL: It’s been a challenging 6-8 months for Jake. A strong off-season and then having it all come crashing down in less than five seconds into the opening round is devastating for any athlete. The recovery didn’t go well, then the sickness in the fall, then another dislocated shoulder in November. Jake needs to take this time to heal, both physically and mentally. He also needs to take this time to figure out the next step in his life and whether he wants to keep doing this at a high level. There is no doubt in my mind that he can be a champion again, but there needs to be some pieces to the puzzle that need to be corrected. I’m sure right at this moment, Jake doesn’t feel like going separate ways is the right move, but I think in time when he looks back on it, he will agree with the team and the people around him. I do wish Jake all the best, as not only is he a top racer, but he is someone I have watched since 50cc growing up in the barn of Chilliwack.

As far as filling the spot? No, not at this time. Yes, that would be great, but we are already in full preseason testing, riding, and planning. You never know. Maybe something could happen, but as of right now, we are focused on what we have going on.


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